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Excedrin Headache No. 5157

September 1, 2014
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16h56 UTC; MONDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2014: In the wa ke of the socioeconomic uncertainty prevailing across the former Confederate States after the Civil War, aggravated by the war's devastation and the Confederacy's loss, a climate of exploitation ensued which saw Northerners known as "carpetbaggers" take advantage of the situation with an eye towards profit from the Reconstruction period ... and some Southern "poor whites" known as "scalliwags" make repeated attempts to lift themselves out of their traditional enforced place of privation and despair, hoping such will be seen as inspiration to their kind.

These days, you have to wonder if it's the ilk of "Tea Party," "Christian Patriot" and suchlike types, with the assistance of weird and unwholesome prolefeeders whose credibility is highly dubious, as want to create a new class of "scalliwag" in the "chronically and habitually government-dependent" as an article of faith, and to package such as being For My God and My Country (not to mention "Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary, Mediatrix of Peace, Mediatrix Between God and Man," alias Our Lady of Necedah, notwithstaning continued ecclesiastical disapproval therefor).

Especially where the interconnexion of
die mensgesentreerd ekonomiese vryheid van ons styl, in ons tyd, vir alle tye unto Our National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations Solely by the Goodness of His Grace and Favour (howbeit tenuous, when all is said and done) can be established in the worst possible way (without dropping hints of such having elements of the Afrikaner Economic Movement's agenda down South Africa way as sought to empower "poor white" Afrikanerdom socioeconomically through the agency of apartheid all the more, not to mention the notion of such reeking of the blasphemous).

The source at this link can (hopefully) keep you stocked up.

One article of faith conservatives might have for "empowering the government-dependent" we probably don't need: One of using fear and paranoia to scare such employed through workfare and similar schemes into opening MyRA-model Retirement Savings Plans as part of their Social Contract, especially the sort as would have employers match the employee's contributions (preferably equal to at least 10% of gross pay) in lieu of advanced Earned Income Tax Credit and state equivalent schemes.

Theoretically serving the ideals of Self-Reliance and Personal Responsibility being promoted in the "chronically- and habitually-dependent upon the State" that conservatives expect--only it emerges that the MyRA plans to which such working poor are directed are really attempts at "gilding the lily" for the likes of so-called "High-Yield Investment Plans" (HYIP's) and other unregistered mutual funds as turn out being based offshore "for tax reasons" and/or have connexions to "Tea Party," "Christian Patriot" and suchlike, with clear and present risk of "churning," mismanagement or worse.

Especially a bon marche.
(See what I mean at the link.)

As for expecting the disabled to find mainstream work or jobs training, especially so in light of the Olmsted v. C. J. court ruling holding the traditional sheltered-workshop model to be a form of discrimmination), I, as a disabled person myself, have to wonder just how many mainstream employers will be cooking up patsies such as the following to discourage applications or resumes from would-be disabled employees:
  • "We can't afford to hire more of your kind."
  • "We are a very image-conscious company, and we can't afford to have our good name and repute compromised by your kind."
  • "We would love to employ you, but we can't because of outdated and archaic rules, laws and policies."
  • "We can't afford to let able-bodied workers go just to employ your sort."
  • "What will the community think when word gets out about our employing crazy types like yourself?"
  • "Why don't you just commit yourself to the state asylum and have your head examined?"
  • "If we employed more like you, it would only drive down wages and make us less competitive."
  • "The only way we could be able to hire you is if we were allowed to employ you as an Independent Contractor."
But is there much truth in any of these canards, especially in the more conservative sort of "blue collar" community as is especially ripe for "Tea Party" and "Christian Patriot" prolefeed holding the ascendency (in particular such which sees the disabled as "Non-Producers" "at risk of government dependency," with subtle "advice" that such consider immigration to Canada or even Australia "for their own good")?

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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Excedrin Headache No. 5156

August 20, 2014

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17h57 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 20 AUGUST 2014: In this the last post before I take a short hiatus preparatory to my annual presence at the Minnesota State Fair next week, Your Correspondent feels it best to bring up for discussion the following worthwhile, yet underappreciated, topics made even more so because of the Ongoing Unfortunate Events in a certain St. Louis suburb whose name is already reeking of the hackneyed, or close to it:
  • With certain especially hard-wired "Tea Party"-deluded governors invoking "states' rights" to decline Federal assistance for expanding Medicaid, has anybody considered where the REAL reason for so refusing is a desire to seek Federal waivers for converting Medicaid into a voucher-based scheme seeking (in theory) to "empower the government-dependent" into embracing ekonomesie vryheid van ons styl as an ur-Great White Father, with the Invisible Hand of the Marketplace being an agent of said empowerment (and without any sort of checks or balances to protect the interests of the State, taxpayers and health insurers alike, in effect expecting self-regulation based solely on "gentlemens' agreements" to be more than adequate--until it emerges that such condones cartel behaviour)?
  • How do we know that the monsoonal rains and flooding afflicting Phoenix and environs of late isn;t really some form of Divine Judgment upon Maricopa County, Arizona for continuing to put up with the racist and neo-Fascist misadventures of Sheriff Joe Arapio in his Luscious Glory of closeted apologia for the Suid-Afrikaanse Polisie in the Luscious Glory of apartheid, especially in its most sadistically-depraved displays such as at Sharpeville and Soweto?
  • Memo to the "Drill, Baby, DRILL!!" Zealots and True Believers: If crude-oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), where futures on crude oil, natural gas and distillates are traded (electronically more so these says), continue to fall (yesterday closing at $94.48/bbl. for West Texas Intermediate, the American crude oil benchmark of choice) as they have been of late, it looks likely that any such actions you seek as a Holy of Holies towards prosperity reclaimed are unlikely to be profitable, especially so in the Bakken/Three Forks fields in North Dakota and Montana as have been the crude-oil Eldorado of recent years. (Not to mention misfortune befalling the region of late, including a lightning strike hitting crude oil storage tanks, luckily stopping short of exploding and causing a serious fire with acrid black smoke into the heavens.)
And as I said at the beginning, Your Correspondent now goes on hiatus vis-a-vis the Minnesota State Fair and his annual presence there. So please don't weep for me in my absence; I do plan to be back after Labour Day.

So till next time, folks: "73"
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Excedrin Headache No. 5155

August 19, 2014
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18h07 UTC; TUESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2014: Even with just-released Department of Agriculture estimates suggesting that it will cost the average American family some $230,000 to feed and care for an American child from birth to 18 years of age, the Christian Right still has this notion that the State should have no place to help things along; in other words, after the Afrikaans, 'n Volk red homself ("a people rescues itself").

The which I bring up in the wake of calls by homophobic Christian Right types urging Good Christian Families to increase the birth rate (especially among "poor whites" all the more likely to identify with the Christian Right) in the interest of "preempting," as it were, the "spread of homosexuality and its effects on Christian Values and Families," or some such pap. This unaware of the prospect of the "conditioning" expected thereby likely to cause serious emotional harm, sexual confusion and maladjustment issues later on, especially where Christian National Homeschooling is used as part of the Pavlovian processes.

Which shouldn't stand in the way of selecting some choice oral care products at this link.

Meanwhile, staying with the Christian Right for the moment, how do we know there aren't certain especially militant specimens thereof studying the techniques of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants against Christians and Yizedis in areas under their control in seeking their conversion to Islam under pain of death; the hope being one of applying the same against AmeriKKKan Muslins in the name of Our Being a Bible-Believing Christian Nation, Now, Tomorrow, FOREVER?

And are the police monitoring such traffic against the possibility of their actually carrying out such terror tactics which these same Zealots and True Believers insist is in His Name and Service?

Dedicated to those on the Christian Patriot Right
(and you know who you are).

Too, you have to wonder if the Christian Patriot Agenda for the Reclamation of Thy Dear and Lovely Land to His Luscious Glory is more of a synthesis of aspects of Jucheism out of North Korea and the Afrikaner Ekonomesie Beweging out of South Africa such as begat apartheid for the greater benefit of the "deprived" Afrikaner Volk in the face of perceived "oppression" under British rule--in the latter instance, a desire to harness a "natural" Volkseenheid into a "spontaneous, divinely-inspired" campaign of Reddingsdaad whose one foundation is Helpmekaar for the Greater Glory of "REAL AmeriKKKa" through a "people-centred" Volkskapitalisme expected to Save "REAL AmeriKKKa" From Itself by packaging such as ekonomesie vryheid van ons styl, in ons tyd, vir all tyd.

But when all is said and done, reader, expect such to be the same ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe that Fox News and suchlike insist is essential to Our National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations Solely by the Goodness of His Grace and Favour. The status quo, as it were, as if fearing that any tweaking or readjustment thereof was seen as Abhorrent in His Sight and Glory, and would Undermine Our National and Sovereign Identity and all that.

So till next time, folks: "73"
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Excedrin Headache No. 5154

August 18, 2014
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19h35 UTC; MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014: The very idea that certain specimens of conservative Zealotry and True Belief have in ekonomesie vryheid van ons styl, in ons tyd, vir all tyd as one with National Unity and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations may not be good enough for the more blatant such: They have to find ways to incorporate the likes of privatising State Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as among the articles of faith thereof, and present same as "empowering the working-classes" in the name and stylee thereof.

Unaware all the while that they can't make wise decisions through the very same marketplace that conservative thought insists will be the Great Provider of All, guided solely by its Invisible Hand (a/k/a God's Protective Hand Upon Thy Dear and Lovely Land).

Not to mention still forever hoping in "spontaneous, organic, people-centred" jobs creation by these same forces of ekonomesie vryheid, &c., regarded as a Holy of Holies vis-a-vis AmeriKKKan National Unity and Identity, especially so the Natural Unity and Interrelationship of the People and Nation when it's unlikely for even the compounders and manufacturers of Rust-Eeze Medicated Bumper Ointment to be attracted to Podunk Center, Iowa by such means as were last tested in apartheid South Africa.

Hopefully, the folks at this link should answer your need therefor.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO, as in recent Unfortunate Events doubtless being exploited by elements weird and unwholesome, has a 67% black population ... and a police force which is, save for three members thereof, white for the most part. Enough, then, to wonder, if the Ferguson Police (and, to a lesser extent, the police department in St. Louis County, MO--as opposed to St. Louis proper, itself deemed an Independent City) has super-secretive branches of white-supremacist sects and groups, especially so the sort whose articles of faith insist on using sadisto mayhem and Fight Club-stylee tactics to achieve their aims.

Reinforced by a blind, unswerving ignorance in which The Five Words (as in "I have nothing to say") are expected to be the answer in case questions start being asked--up there with the old "The first rule of Fight Club is--YOU DO NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT FIGHT CLUB!!" mentality, reinforced by rather blatant recordings of the old Horst Wessel and "Die Stem van Suid-Afrika" being played at initiation rituals.

As in online radio stations such as this oldie-but-goodie.

A new pill for fans of late-night-radio-spawned conspiracy theories: Police and public health officials in Monrovia, Liberia, itself a major epicentre of the Ebola virus outbreak as has seen over 1,000 deaths across four west African sovereign peculiars in recent weeks, have issued a Public Health Alert in the wake of angry mobs descending upon an Ebola Quarantine Clinic in one of Monrovia's unhealthy neighbourhoods at the weekend, stealing mattresses and bedding likely contaminated with Ebola viral bacterium, forcibly removing the afflicted from the same--all the while shouting ur-bumper-sticker slogans suggesting that Ebola doesn't actually exist, that such was actually developed in super-secretive germ-warfare laboratories of foreign intelligence agencies, that sort of thing.

Meanwhile, who among us still remembers listening to those high-powered Mexican stations whose calls began with "XE" as featured rather weird Mickey Mouse all night long, religious and otherwise (including mail-order offers rather unbelievable involving post-office boxes in several Texas cities such as Clint, "that's C as in corn-L-I-N-T, Clint, Texas," as the announcer spelled it out)?

So till next time, folks: "73"
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Excedrin Headache No. 5153

August 16, 2014

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17h32 UTC; SATURDAY, 16 AUGUST 2014:
It looks as if the first example of Aunt Sally has been deployed in Indecision 2016 against a likely RepubliKKKan Presidential candidate--in this instance, Texas Governor Rick Perry's being charged by a Grand Jury in Austin with Abuse of Power and Coercion of a Civil Servant, both misdemeanor offences as will still allow him to remain in office pending further court action--and, let it be hoped, impeachment proceedings by the Texas Legislature which could be Perry's political unravelling.

Inevitably, Governor Perry insists that the indictment carries Political Significance and is probably some class of a "power grab" attempt by the Evil Empire Which has Tramped Underfoot the Sovereignty and Identity of Nations Galore, and Will Not Stop Until it has Sapped the Precious Bodily Fluids of Our National and Sovereign Identity By His Grace and Favour Alone, all that Elmer Gantryite pablum....

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And among such insurgents as fought with the ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria of late, thereby reestablishing The Dreaded Caliphate in certain regions thereof, how many such have "Tea Party" and/or "Constitutional Militia" connexions in a mostly observer role, hoping to adopt the tactics thereof in an ur-RAHOWA Seeking to Reclaim Thy Dear and Lovely Land to His Luscious Glory, Reclaiming in so doing the Mantle Abandoned by Apartheid South Africa of God's Own Country?

I mention this in view of reports emerging that foreign-born insurgents who fought for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been advised to spread jihadist tactics and strategems in their home countries, as if serving the cause of a Caliphate Resurgent wasn't good enough.

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And if it's anything to you, reader, the imminence of the Minnesota State Fair is a sure sign in these parts of the clear and present imminence of summer's about to come to an end, with the 2014-2015 school term not all that far behind. In fact,this year's edition of The Great Minnesota Get-Together will mark 75 years that the Fair began the tradition of ending their run on Labour Day, howbeit with a 10-day run.

As was explained in the Secretary's Report in the 1939 Annual Report of the Minnesota State Fair:
Pursuant to a new policy established by the Board, the Minnesota State Fair for the first time in its history was operated in 1939 as a ten-day exposition, opening on Saturday, August 26, and running through Monday, September 4, Labor Day.

As was anticipated, the new dates were enthusiastically accepted by exhibitors, concessionaires, and patrons alike, and were of especial advantage to parents and children because the schools of the State did not upen until after the Fair. In other words, the new dates opened up the educational opportunities of the Fair to a much greater number of the youth of Minnesota.

A study of the appended attendance tabulations indicates that one of the main objectives of the Board in deciding upon a longer Fair period was accomplished, in that peaks of attendance were reduced and a more equable daily average sustained throughout.

Generally, the weather was excellent, though rain fell on three days. The attendance, 706,619, set a new high. There is reason to believe it would have been even larger but for the disconcerting effect on the people occasioned by the unrest in Europe, with the threat of impending war, which was finally declared on September 1. To the press and the radio goes the deepfelt thanks of the State Fair management for tne splendid publicity given the exposition in face of war bulletins which necessarily dominated these publicity media both prior to and during the Fair.
The move to ending on Labour Day was further summarised thus in the Daily Resume entry for September 4, 1939 (which was Labour Day that year, know): "In the past, the crushing crowds and the congestion of automobiles on the Fair Grounds on Labor Day have oft-times made for discomfort and inconvenience for the patrons. One of the considerations the Board had in mind in lengthening the period of the Fair from eight days to ten was a view to having the attendance spread out more evenly over each of the days, in order to relieve these unwieldy peaks and thus make a visit to the Fair more pleasant for the public. The results bore out the logic of the change."

Not Only That: God willing, this will see the 60th consecutive edition of TGMnGT to see million-plus attendance run-of-fair, a streak going back to the 1955 Fair seeing 1,007,101 attendance. As the 1955 Annual Report explained:
When it became apparent that achievement of the million goal lay within the realm of possibility, the Board formulated a plan for choosing the symbolic representative of the one-millionth admission. And happily, as matters transpired, it became possible to put the plan into effect.

Accordingly, the evening of Monday, Labor Day, September 5, the Board members, together with newspaper, radio and television personnel, gathered at the arbitrarily designated Administration Gate—fifteen minutes notice having been given as to the particular gate. At that juncture, decision on the selection of an entering vehicle to be halted having been left to the news agencies representatives, and they having agreed among themselves that it would be the sixth one to enter from that moment, it thus came about that, at 7:06 P.M., Robert Karklin of 717 Portland Ave., St. Paul, was chosen the symbolic representative of the one-millionth admission to the Fair.

Mr. Karklin was introduced to the Grandstand audience, and, following the Fair, was given a wrist watch and a special silver trophy, both appropriately inscribed to perpetuate the distinction accorded him. Also engraved on the trophy was a replica of the one-millionth admission ticket.

Can this admissions record be met and bettered—in future years?

Probably yes. Possibly no.

Playing an important part in arriving at the 1955 record was the generally favorable weather throughout the ten days. It is salutary, however, to note that, even so, on three days the attendance figures nevertheless fell below those for the corresponding days of the preceding year: on Tuesday, by 4,894 on Wednesday, by 944; and on Labor Day, by 2,167.

Naturally, rain and other weather factors—excessive heat or cold for example—always loom as a direct threat to any event at which the patrons are required to be out of doors most of the time. And when unfavorable conditions arise, the gains of one year can be entirely wiped out the next. A dramatic instance of this situation is contained in the following quote from the report of then Secretary Raymond A. Lee on the Fair of 1940—
"For the ten-day period, 1,000,000 was the expected attendance; $100,000.00 the anticipated profit.

"But the rains came, and with them heavy winds and low temperatures. Not until the eighth day was there a cessation in what may be conservatively described as a deluge. On the eighth day the sun shone; the dove at length had found a place to rest his feet; and the remainder of the Fair period was ideal for the people who attended, to an average number of more than 100,000 on each of the last three days.

"Actually, the total attendance for the ten days was 666,720, the second largest of record."
Coming down to the present. In 1955 several of the major fairs of the nation suffered disastrous reverses from weather and other conditions over which they had no control: one preceded by a two-month statewide drought and excessively high temperatures; another coping with a polio epidemic coupled with unbearably high temperatures: another surrounded by a corn crop failure: another threatened by hurricane Ione; and still another washed out by rains every day of its run.

Similar misfortune has in one guise or another befallen the Minnesota State Fair. It can happen again.

And there is this point also to be borne in mind. On numerous occasions since the close of the Fair, it has come to our attention that the public appears to be laboring under the impression that because the 1955 Fair admissions rose above the million mark, the institution's cash reserve must have swollen tremendously. It does not seem to occur to the layman that actually the attendance figure exceeded by only some 60,000 that of 1954 and that, even had all of the increase been represented by adults (a portion of those admissions is of course accounted for by non-paying children), the additional revenue therefrom would have been only slightly in excess of $30,000.00.

Because of all these things, sound business judgment dictates that budgeting for the future must continue to be kept on the conservative side.

Moreover, all weather and other uncontrollable factors aside, it is axiomatic that, as it has done in the past, the management must unremittingly persevere in its policy of dedicating itself to improving further the educational divisions; to furnishing uniformly high quality, universal-appeal entertainment (the revenue from which defrays, in part at least, the cost of the educational divisions); and to maintaining the physical plant in top condition and expandng the facilities as the need arises.

That is to say: only by ever supplying the best in all respects in those particular vital services it fosters and promotes can the institution be confident of preserving the loyalty, the support and the co-operation it presently enjoys from all of Minnesota's people.

And a most telling point in connection with the over-a-million mark is the fact that, with 1955 Fair-time weather conditions in general bordering probably more nearly on the ideal than in any other year in the history of the Minnesota State Fair, the people turned out in numbers to reaffirm with utmost clarity the solidity of the exposition's position in the state and among the great agricultural and trade fairs of the nation—and the world.
And the Daily Resume item for Monday, September 5th (Labour Day in 1955, know) led off with news of the general anticipation that the Minnesota State Fair would see one million visitors:
Everywhere—on the Fair Grounds, in cities, towns and countryside all over the state—the preceding day had been fraught with ever mounting expectancy, which had risen at night to greater heights upon pronouncement of Sunday's final ticket count of 159,748, bringing the cumulative attendance up to 906,744, the highest ever for the first nine days. Now, this morning, with the realization that there stood only 93,256 admissions between that total and the attainment of an even million by the close of the Fair, tension continued to soar throughout the day until the late afternoon when it became known that the 5:00 o'clock stile reading had definitely indicated the passing of the million mark—which was the signal for unrestrained rejoicing and jubilation on the part of Fair officials, all publicity media and the entire citizenry of Minnesota.
Even the closing remarks of the Secretary's Report that year couldn't contain the enthusiasm of its having achieved one million visitors run-of-fair for the first time ever:
Since before the days of World War I it has been the dream of the founding fathers of the Fair that the day would come when they would achieve the mark of more than a million admissions. Nineteen fifty-five was the year of destiny.

The Board, the official staff, and the many thousands of volunteer workers who make the Minnesota State Fair the great representative state institution that it is accept the challenge of '55 and are even now laying plans to beat that record.

Coupled with these plans are the earnest prayers of all that the 1956 Fair may have the blessing of good weather, good crops, and good cheer amongst our people.

To every one who helped make 1955 an historic year, and to all those who are planning today to make the 1956 Fair excel in quality and service, the secretary gives his deep and heartfelt—

"Thanks a million."
So who's with me here? (Incidentally, the current run-of-fair attendance record is from 2009, when 1,790,497 persons passed through the gates, averaging 149,208 visitors per day of its 12-day run, the which has been the rule since 1974; an 11-day run prevailed in 1972 and 1973, with a 10-day run prevailing from 1939 until 1971, not including cancellations in 1945 mandated by the wartime Office of Defence Transportation and 1946 in the wake of a polio epidemic.)

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